Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology has long been used in Aerospace and other Mission Critical applications for a variety of reasons. These types of applications tend to have unique technical requirements that commercial standard semiconductor products are not designed to address. Examples may include wider operating temperature ranges, ruggedized packaging, tolerance to varying levels of radiation, qualification levels, manufacturing location, traceability, trust and assurance across the manufacturing supply chain, configuration memory types, reconfiguration times, longevity of supply.
Aerospace and Mission Critical applications typically account for close to 10% of the revenue of the FPGA market, yet it is noticeably smaller than that for the overall semiconductor demand. As such, this niche of the FPGA market tends to be underrepresented in terms of purposeful research and development performed by FPGA companies.
The Charter of the Aerospace and Mission Critical (AMC) Committee of the Open-Source FPGA Foundation (OSFPGA) is to provide an inclusive platform to align and promote the private and public sector research in FPGA technology so that it can reach the full potential for Aerospace and Mission Critical applications.
The AMC Committee will have [four] Working Groups (WG).
The AMC Committee will be responsible for overall governance, direction, and support of the AMC Working Groups, which may include:
Members of the AMC are expected to achieve the mission of the OSFPGA Foundation while upholding the Foundation values. As such, the AMC will:
In this section “Candidates” refer to people who want to be considered for a position. “Nominees” are sent to the Aerospace and Mission Critical Applications Committee for approval.
Existing Chairs and Vice Chairs may be candidates. Chairs must be non-individual members (Premier, Corporate). Vice Chairs can be individual members.
The election cycle is as follows:
Any member of the Aerospace and Mission Critical Applications Committee can vote.